Leafs trade Corrado to Penguins for Fehr, Oleksy, 4th round pick

Mar 2 2017, 4:11 am

Frankie, you’re free at last.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have sent defenceman Frank Corrado to the Pittsburgh Penguins before the trade deadline in exchange for forward Eric Fehr, defenceman Steve Oleksy, and a fourth-round draft pick.

Corrado, who never seemed to be in head coach Mike Babcock’s good books, is off to a new organization, where he can hopefully prove himself.

To fully understand this deal from a Leafs perspective, you have to understand the ramifications of the upcoming expansion draft.

Toronto needed to acquire another veteran player to expose, and Fehr satisfies that.

Fehr, a 12-year veteran, has 11 points (6-5-11) in 52 games with Pittsburgh this season.

Toronto could have grabbed Fehr off waivers, but elected not to because they were approaching the 50-contract limit.

Oleksy is a 31-year-old defenceman with 73 career NHL games on his resume. He has split his time this season between Pittsburgh and their AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Leafs will get back to action on Thursday in Los Angeles, the second game of their three-game Californian road trip.

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